Veteran Bengali film actor Soumitra Chatterjee tests Covid positive

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Veteran Bengali actor Soumitra Chatterjee tested positive for Covid-19 on Tuesday(October 6) health officials said.

He has been admitted to a hospital in Kolkata, they informed.

The octogenarian actor was unwell and he tested positive for the infection on Tuesday morning, a senior health official said.

"His samples were tested for Covid-19 on Monday and the reports came today," he added.

Soumitra Chatterjee had resumed shooting a few days ago. Parambrata, another noted Bengali actor, completed the shooting of Abhiyan under the direction of Chattopadhyay. Jisshu Sengupta will be seen playing the role of young Soumitra in the film. Soumitra himself plays his older self in the film.

Soumitra Chatterjee, a celebrated Bengali actor, is best known for his collaboration with Oscar-winner Satyajit Ray and the Feluda series. Soumitra immortalised the titular role of Feluda in Ray's films. Apart from that, Soumitra was a part of several other works of Ray, including Apu'r Sangshar or The World Of Apu. Some of Chatterjee's best works include Ashani Sanket, Ghare Baire, Aranyer Din Ratri, Charulata, Shakha Proshakha, Jhinder Bandi, Saat Pake Bandha, and more.

The news of Soumitra Chatterjee testing positive has raised concerns within the Bengali film circuit or 'Tolly para' as it is fondly referred to as. Several of Soumitra colleagues have wished for his speedy recovery.